Max Verstappen says he isn’t sure Red Bull will be in the fight for pole position at the Hungaroring, a track which was expected to favour them.Sebastian Vettel beat Verstappen to the fastest time in the second practice session by seven-hundredths of a second. Both Red Bulls were in the top three in both sessions but Verstappen expects a “difficult” fight at the front this weekend.
“The car was good but we still lose quite a lot on the straight unfortunately,” Verstappen told Sky. “It’s difficult to stay at the moment. I think we can improve our car a little bit more but if it’s going to be good enough for pole position I’m not sure.”
Red Bull believe they lose around half a second per lap in qualifying trim compared to their rivals.
Mercedes were seven-tenths of a second off the quickest time in second practice but Verstappen does not believe this reflects what they’re capable of.
“I think Mercedes, they couldn’t get a lap on the ultra, they both went a bit wide or whatever. “So I’m expecting them to be there as well tomorrow.”
“Ferrari looks quick,” he added. “In the long run as well Mercedes look competitive. It will be close but it all depends on qualifying.”
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